SoCal Industry Roundup: Haven Capital Adds West Coast Director

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The national real estate industry and its ancillary businesses are giving attention to opportunity in Southern California.

Ground-lease investment firm Haven Capital, which launched in November 2020, announced that Hal Pohl will be its new head of West Coast acquisitions based in Los Angeles. He will oversee deal origination as the firm expands its ground lease platform, as well as work with owners and operators to recapitalize their properties. Pohl brings more than two decades of experience, including most recently as a managing director at Wells Fargo

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Law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips announced that Thomas W. Michael joined its L.A. office to augment the firm’s digital and technology group. Michael advises entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies on venture capital- and private equity-led financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate and commercial transactions. He also represents venture capital funds, angel networks, family offices, high-net-worth individuals, and celebrities in venture investment and strategic transactions.

“Over the past year, the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for companies of all sizes across virtually every industry,” Donna L. Wilson, Manatt’s CEO, said in a statement.

Law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson announced that Gary Ogden joined the firm as a partner in its L.A. office. He was most recently the principal of The Ogden Law Group, a full-service, real estate transactions legal advisory firm. He represents buyers, sellers, developers, small businesses, start-ups, and investors in the full range of large and small commercial real estate transactions. For retail clients, Ogden has handled development agreements, purchase and sale agreements, leases, and more. Since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, he has been involved in renegotiating office leases and subleasing contracts.